Vacancy for Technical Advisor, TB, PSM
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The Technical Advisor (TA) is responsible for providing direct technical assistance to national TB programs/MoH aimed at ensuring universal access to TB medicines through strengthening pharmaceutical systems1, supply chain2 management, management information systems, pharmaceutical services3, and providing technical leadership to donors and Global TB initiatives, such as the Global Fund (GF) and the Global Drug Facility (GDF). S/he supports Challenge TB and country programs portfolios and in-country teams in the development and implementation of technical activities ensuring their adequate contribution to Challenge TB results. S/he is the primary liaison between Challenge TB and the USAID Country Missions, Government counterparts, stakeholders, and partners involved with pharmaceutical management activities and/or implementing related programs in the countries and region. S/he supports measurement and documentation of portfolio results.

Specific Responsibilities

The Technical Advisor TB,PSM will provide overall technical assistance in collaboration with MSH TB Project Director, Principal Technical Advisor TB,MSH ,Senior Technical Advisor, TB, National TB and leprosy Control programme(NTBLCP) of Nigeria and other stakeholders to:

  • Identify and map key stakeholders and their contributions in the country’s TB medicines supply system, including both domestic and international.
  • Establish communication with the NTP, MOH, key stakeholders, and inform of the activity purpose, vision, methodology, and desired outcomes.
  • In conjunction with the local counterparts, collect data and maintain evidence of the countries’ TB medicines supply practices, such as related to: TB recording and reporting (data pertaining to supply management); inventory management;  rocurement processes and lead-times (including MOH, GDF, TGF, etc); forecasting; quantification; supply planning; data flows and data collection tools; data quality assurance; early warning mechanisms for preventing stock-outs/wastage.
  • Identify feasible interventions option aimed at strengthening the TB medicines supply system and improving access to TB medicines, discuss with stakeholders, develop a strengthening plan and have it endorsed by NTP and relevant stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively and leverage funds with partners as needed to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Introduce and support implementation of Quan TB as an Early Warning tool building on the existing country’s platforms, gain acceptance, develop capacity building plan with NTP and ensure Early Warning System (EWS) reports are produced in the GDF-QuanTB format).
  • Collaborate with NTP and key partners to develop SOPs for Quan TB as EWS; identify and train key users.
  • Collect country data and forecast first and second line TB medicine requirements with NTP and key partner and document assumptions and get consensus from key  takeholders to finalize forecasting or quantification.
  • Generate quarterly activity reports from QuanTB to inform NTP and other key in country partners about TB medicine status and proposed solutions.
  • Under the leadership of the NTP, establish a coordination routine with the WHO , USAID, GDF Regional Supply Officers (RSOs), TGF and other partners to report country EWS data on the quarterly basis, communicate potential TB medicines problems and work closely with key persons to address problems.
  • Establish a mechanism to monitor the TB medicines supply lead times(GDF, GF and MOH lead times) and communicate the performance to NTPs and partners involved in the supply system; immediately report noncompliance with the lead times to NTPs and partners.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate degree in a health-related field; physician or pharmacist qualification preferred.
  • Specialized training and/or experience relating to pharmaceutical systems, management information systems, supply chain management or pharmaceutical services.
  • Ability to use NTBLCP such as QuanTB & e-TB manager will be an added advantage.
  • Relevant experience in the implementation of international and country TB  revention, care, and treatment programs, strengthening of National TB programs, and experience with management of medicines supply and information systems for TB including pharmacovigiliance.
  • Experience with programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as the Global Fund, the Global Drug Facility.
  • Ability to write lucid technical reports and documents in English is required.
  • Competence in use of word processing programs required, and experience with spreadsheets and database applications strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team spirit.
  • Ability and availability to travel in-country and internationally 30% of time or more.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

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